U-S and British air strikes are once again a possibility in Iraq.
And President Clinton tries to sway moderate House Republicans to his side one day before the full House debates impeachment.
News 7 at noon is next.
It's another showdown with Iraq.
Earlier today U-N weapons inspectors pulled out of Baghdad after Saddam Hussein's government again denied them access to weapons sites.
The U-N Security council is now in session in New York.
And Iraqi leaders say they're bracing for air strikes.
Liz Gonzalez reports.
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[SUPER=01-Kofi Annan/U. N. Secretary General; :44]
[SUPER=01-Liz Gonzalez/Reporting; 1:00]
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((UN WEAPONS INSPECTORS EVACUATED BAGHDAD THIS MORNING. CHIEF UN WEAPONS INSPECTOR , RICHARD BUTLER SAID IRAQ HAD ONCE AGAIN BROKEN ITS PROMISE TO COOPERATE.
RICHARD BUTLER, CHIEF WEAPONS INSPECTOR 33:31 I REGRET I HAD TO
REPORT THE FACTS THAT IT HAD NOT BEEN GIVEN. WE CAN'T DO OUR JOBS
ADEQUATELY UNDER THE CIRCUMSTANCES, IT MADE SENSE TO PULL OUR PEOPLE
BUTLER'S REPORT SAYS IRAQ BLOCKED ACCESS TO TWO SITES AND HINDERED
OTHER INSPECTIONS. IRAQ NARROWLY AVERTED AIRSTRIKES ONLY A MONTH AGO,
AFTER PROMISING TO RESUME FULL COOPERATION WITH THE UN TEAM.
THE UN SECURITY COUNCIL WAS EXPECTED TO DISCUSS IRAQ'S LATEST DEFIANCE, BUT THE U.S. AND BRITAIN HAVE ALREADY SAID THEY CAN GO AHEAD WITH AIRSTRIKES WITHOUT FURTHER CONSULTATIONS AND WITHOUT WARNING.
KOFI ANNAN, UN SECRETARY GENERAL, 9:36:43-51 THIS IS AN ISSUE THE
COUNCIL IS GOING TO DISCUSS. IT WOULD BE PREMATURE FOR ME TO COMMENT.
THE US HAS 22 WARSHIPS AND MORE THAN 200 AIRCRAFT IN THE PERSIAN GULF.
BRITAIN HAS ITS OWN AIRCRAFT ON ALERT IN THE REGION AS WELL.
PRESIDENT CLINTON WAS MEETING WITH NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISERS TO DISCUSS THE LATEST STANDOFF.
LIZ GONZALEZ FOR CBS NEWS, NEW YORK.))
In addition to meeting with his National Security team today, President Clinton has also scheduled meetings with House Republicans who remain undecided going into tomorrow's historic impeachment debate.
But it may be too little too late.
Two more on the fence Republicans announced today they plan to vote YES for impeachment.
Lee Cowan reports.
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[SUPER=01-Rep. Christopher Shays/(R) Connecticut; 1:23]
[SUPER=01-Lee Cowan/Reporting; 1:30]
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((TWO BROWN FOLDERS ARRIVED ON CAPITOL HILL LAST NIGHT - THEY
CONTAINED THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE'S FORMAL RECOMMENDATION TO IMPEACH THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES -- A RATHER UNDRAMATIC EVENT PRECEEDING PERHAPS THE MOST DRAMATIC EVENT OF ALL.
(( NAT CLINTON ARRIVAL ))
THE PRESIDENT RETURNED TO THE WHITE HOUSE TO FIND HIMSELF IN A
DECIDEDLY MORE PRECARIOUS SPOT THAT WHEN HE LEFT FOR THE MIDDLE EAST
LAST WEEKEND. IN HIS ABSCENCE A WAVE OF UNDECIDED REPUBLICANS HAVE NOW
DECIDED - ALL AGAINST THE PRESIDENT.
(SUPER: THIS MORNING, WASHINGTON, DC)
HIS CHIEF DEFENDER OF LATE HAS BEEN THE VICE PRESIDENT - WHO
ALREADY CANCELLED A PLANNED TRIP TO NEW HAMPSHIRE THIS WEEK IN ORDER TO
STAY BEHIND AND STAND BY HIS BOSS.
GORE:"In my opinion what is best -- otherwise occur."
AS THE GROUND OF SUPPORT GAVE WAY UNDER THE WHITE HOUSE,
PRIVATELY MOST SEEMED RESIGNED TO THE FACT THERE WAS LITTLE THE
PRESIDENT COULD SAY OR DO AT THIS POINT TO REVERSE THE PRO-IMPEACHMENT
MOMENTUM. PUBLICALLY AIDES STILL HELD OUT SOME HOPE.
ANN LEWIS//WHITE HOUSE ADVISOR:
"We think there are enough --- continue in that direction."
VOTES LIKE REPUBLICAN CHRISTOPHER SHAYS REMAIN IMPORTANT
NOW THAN EVER - A PLANNED FACE TO FACE MEETING WITH THE PRESIDENT IS
SCHEDULED FOR THIS AFTERNOON.
LAST NIGHT, NORWALK, CT
STILL OFFICIALLY ON THE FENCE SHAYS HELD A TOWN HALL MEETING
LAST NIGHT IN HIS HOME DISTRICT TO TEST PUBLIC OPINION.
REP. CHRISTOPHER SHAYS//R-CT : "If I've taken a position -
how I feel."
LEE COWAN:"Shays may not be alone in his visit to the White House this afternoon -other moderate Republicans may go along as well - an 11th hour invitation from the White House to see if the President can do in
private, what he has been unable to do in public. Lee Cowan, CBS News,
The fifteen year old Kentucky boy convicted of fatally shooting three of his classmates and injuring five others will be sentenced today.
Michael Carneal is expected to get the maximum sentence a juvenile can receive in Kentucky after being tried as an adult, life without the chance of parole for 25 years.
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Carneal was found guilty of repeatedly firing a semiautomatic pistol at a prayer group during a rampage at his high school last December.
Henry County Deputies are searching for a murder suspect this afternoon.
Investigators say the incident began in Stokes County, North Carolina, when an unidentified man stole a car at gunpoint.
Yesterday afternoon, a deputy found the car and a pick-up truck in the Spencer area.
He found the body of James Stanley Taylor and a young unhurt child inside the truck.
Investigators say the suspect is a white male, 40 to 50 years old, with dark shaggy hair.
He was wearing blacks pants, a white sweatshirt and dark dress shoes.
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Democrats hold on to the 38-th District Senate seat.
We'll have the details of yesterday's special election in just a moment on News-7 at Noon.
And this little critter is a step closer to becoming the state reptile.
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At least 13 people are dead and many more missing after an apartment block collapsed in southern Rome early this morning.
Officials believe at least 20 people are buried in the rubble.
Two survivors were pulled from the building several hours after the collapse and are reported in good condition.
Authorities suspect the collapse was due to structural weakness.
Dozens of firefighters and police continue to search for victims.
Democrats will keep control of the 38th district State Senate seat vacated by Jack Reasor.
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Phillip Puckett won with 55 percent of the vote.
Republican Roger Rife had 40 percent and independent Jerry Ward came in with 5 percent.
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The district stretches from the Coalfiends through Wythe and Bland Counties.
Puckett says that's a lot of ground to cover in a 28-day campaign.
We caught up with him getting in a few last minute handshakes in Wytheville.
He says though his republican opponent spent a lot of money, personal contact makes the difference.
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((PHILLIP PUCKETT/ ; THE ONE THING I'VE LEARNED AS I'VE TRAVELLED ACROSS THE 38TH IS THERE'S NO SUBSTITUTE FOR SITTING DOWN AND TALKING WITH THE VOTERS, YOU CAN SPEND ALL KINDS OF MONEY, YOU CAN GET ON TV, YOU CAN GET ON RADIO, YOU CAN PUT EVERYTING IN THE NEWSPAPER, THERE'S NO SUBSTITUTE FOR TALKING TO PEOPLE))
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In Wythe County, voter turnout was light throughout the day.
In the end, just 26-percent of the county's 14-thousand registered voters had gone to the polls.
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((ROBBIE ALBERT/WYTHE CO. VOTER:I FEEL THAT EVERYONE SHOULD VOTE AND BE ABLE TO VOICE THEIR OPINION AND IF THEY DON'T VOTE THEY JUST MAY BE TOLD HOW THINGS IS GOING TO BE.
NELLIE BAUSELL/WYTHE CO. VOTER:I ALWAYS VOTE...I THINK IT'S A DUTY AND A PRIVILEGE AS WELL. ))
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[SUPER=01-Nellie Bausell/Wythe Co. Voter; :08]
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In Bland County voter turnout was also light with 28-percent of the county's registered voters casting ballots.
The outcome of yesterday's election doesn't change the balance of power in the state Senate, which still has 21 republicans and 19 democrats.
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Virginia is a step closer to having an official state reptile.
Yesterday, a legislative committee voted to bestow the honor on the eastern box turtle, like the one you see here.
The bill is sponsored by Delegate George Grayson of James City County.
The General assembly will consider the bill in next month's session.
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Virginia Tobacco farmers may be in for another tough year.
We'll find out why next on News-7 at Noon.
And parents will want to stay tuned this story-- a new product to get children trapped in trunks out safely.
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It looks like another tough year for Virginia's tobacco growers.
The U-S Department of Agriculture announced late yesterday that farmers will have to cut back their flue-cured tobacco crop by 18-percent.
This cut is the result of a lower demand for tobacco from cigarette companies and the amount of crop that's left-over from this year.
Last year, farmers saw a 17-percent quota cut.
The president of a Southside growers association says farmers are the real victims of the national war on tobacco.
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((C.D. BRYANT/CONCERNED FRIENDS OF TOBACCO: WE DON'T HAVE ANYWHERE ELSE TO TURN BUT TO THE GOVERNOR AND THE STATE AND SEE IF THEY WON'T HELP US WITH THE SETTLEMENT MONEY THAT IS GOING TO COME FORWARD.))
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Bryant says states involved in the tobacco settlement need to use the money they receive to compensate growers for their losses.
Franklin County supervisors have given the go-ahead to make Rocky Mount a little bigger.
Last night they unanimously voted to give the town 70 acres along Route 40 East.
The boundary change allows Rocky Mount to build sewers in the area to support economic development, while taking in tax revenue from the land.
If the town agrees to the move, it would clear the way for a Kroger store and shopping plaza.
Rocky Mount town council will vote on the agreement this week.
General Motors is taking big steps to protect children.
Next year, G-M will become the first automaker to offer an escape device in the trunks of cars.
Dealers will have yellow, glow-in-the-dark handles available for installation.
Children will be able to see the handles and follow easy- to- understand instructions for getting out.
Last summer eleven children died when they accidentally got locked in car trunks.
On Wall Street at Noon, the Dow was DOWN 38 points.
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Still ahead in sports, Virginia Tech warms up for a trip to country music's capitol city.
As three area players get named to the All-America team- including one superstar who didn't even play the last month of the season.
Details on that, straight ahead.
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Anthony Poindexter is the top safety in college football.
Yesterday, Dex was named to the Associated Press All-America team, even after missing U-V-A's last four games with a knee injury.
The Bedford County native was also named the A-C-C defensive player of the year.
Poindexter is joined by two defensive ends on the A-P second team-- senior teammate Patrick Kerney, who led the A-C-C in sacks--
and the Big East Defensive Player of the Year, Virginia Tech's Corey Moore.
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Virginia Tech defensive end Corey Moore was also named to the All-America Second team.
His Hokies are preparing for their upcoming trip to Nashville to play in the inaugural Music City Bowl.
Steve Mason has more on the team's plans.
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[SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/Virginia Tech Head Coach; :33]
[SUPER=01-Al Clark/9 TDs & 1,050 Yards Passing; 1:01]
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[SUPER=01-Loren Johnson/1st Team All-Big East Cornerback; 1:19]
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Former Tech quarterback Will Furrer has signed on as a backup with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Furrer was a 4th round draft pick of the Bears in 1992.
The Jags will be the 6th team he has played for in his 6 year career.
He's thrown for 2 touchdowns and 10 interceptions in the N-F-L.
He will back up rookie Jonathan Quinn.
On the high school gridiron, E.C. Glass
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Dennis Peters has had the interim tag removed from his coaching title.
Principal Susan Morrison named the longtime Glass assistant to the head coaching job yesterday.
Peters led the Toppers to an 8-and-3 record this past season.
On to the high school hardwood--
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where head coach Nelson Fox and his Parry McCluer Fighting Blues paid a visit to the Highlanders of Glenvar.
The Blues would use some great ball movement to get an early bucket. John Williams drives for two points.
But Glenvar would come back strong. Watch number 42- Seth Noonkester- he uses the drop step to get the score.
Then Jason Underwood enters the action with
a drive and a baby hook shot.
The Highlanders beat the Blues 60-to-55.
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Elsewhere last night Salem beat Alleghany by 19.
Byrd topped Christiansburg, James Monroe beat Greenrbier West by 33.
And Franklin County beat Morehead by 29.
In girls' action Patrick Henry toped E.C. Glass 46-to-45, and Franklin County lost to Morehead, North Carolina 73-to-56.
In one other hoop note, the ACC has decided to take its women's basketball tournament to Greensboro for the next three seasons starting in the year 2000.
The Roanoke Civic Center was one of four finalist to host the event.
The Roanoke Express is again making moves away from the ice with Nic Beaudoin going up to the Lowell Lockmonsters yesterday.
The Express only has two more games before Christmas, so this week is devoted to the community.
Yesterday, the team joined forces with the Red Cross to help promote Donorama 98.
It's a two- day drive to help create awareness for the need of blood donors at this time of year.
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[OUT Q=...again tomorrow."]
The Red Cross is in particular need of "Oh positive" and "Oh Negative" blood type donors at this time.
The Express players will be on hand today at the Civic Center exhibition hall to sign autographs and hopefully sign-up donors.
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[SUPER=01-Tony Mancuso/Express General Manager; :00]
[OUT Q=...gift of life."]
You can stop by the Civic Center today anytime before 7:30.